These days, we all are talking about Internet speed in India. I am sure that once in every gathering of minimum of 2 friends, they talk about it and discuss where are we (India) lacking, who is offering what speed and at what prices, etc.
We talk, because we see some hope & scope of improvement to speed up our work, communication and entertainment with the use of Internet. We (at least me) feels ashamed when I had told my Internet speed Vs money I pay, to my friends abroad!
It is frustrating when ‘connection times out’ while you’re purchasing online, booking tickets, meeting people, video chatting with families abroad, uploading large files, grabbing knowledge from video tutorial and so on…
(And I did not mention playing multi-player games online here because we simply cannot do it in our bandwidth. )
I can go and have cup of coffee or smoke a cigarette or have a phone call to friends if I am downloading or uploading heavy files! Because I cannot / should not do anything on the computer fearing that connection may get interrupted if I browse or my computer may hang in between then I will have to re-start the whole process!
As we talk and wait (and only wait) for 3G launch in India – Where we stand on Global Internet map – is not pleasing at all.
Here are few details which I obtained from speedtest.net. You can also check your internet speed on this site.
Listed as Rank > Country > Download speed
1. Republic of Korea – 22.49 Mb/s
2. Aland Islands – 18.87 Mb/s
3. Latvia – 17.92 Mb/s
4. Japan – 16.94 Mb/s
5. Romania – 16.17 Mb/s
12. Hong Kong – 11.57 Mb/s
16. Germany – 9.58 Mb/s
24. Singapore – 8.32 Mb/s
25. France – 8.07 Mb/s
28. United States – 7.60 Mb/s
123. Srilanka – 1.49 Mb/s
127.India – 1.45 Mb/s
* This information is excluding tests done with connections used by Colleges and Corporations.
We stand way below at 127th with an average speed of 1.45 Mb/s with a hope to get somewhere within Top 50 countries.
If we look at some Broadband Plans on offer from various ISPs. The most noticing thing about these plans are, speed in ‘KB’s & cost in ‘K’s. It still feels like a luxury to have a faster Internet connection. 8mbps, 24mbps, 30mbps, 50mbps – these kind of numbers are only creating a buzz but nothing beyond it.
While the world is moving fast, moving heavy, getting more HD – How are we going to catch up with them?
I would really appreciate if ISPs provide minimum of 1 MBps & 2 Mbps unlimited plans in current prices of 256 kbps & 512 kbps unlimited plans (not exceeding Rs. 1750/month with taxes) with almost zero downtime – I think this should be enough for now and would be a good stepping stone to tell other countries that yes, we’re coming!
I would really appreciate to know your view on this.